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Polaris - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Polaris is our first special release beer—a wheat stout aged in Jim Beam bourbon barrels. We started with our winter weizen stout Ursa Minor, fermenting it to completion in steel before barrel aging it for 5 months. Hints of the base beer remain but with the added complexity of vanilla, raisin, bourbon, and oak notes. Conditioned to a moderately low level of carbonation in the bottle, this beer is a perfect cold-evening sipper.

(Beer added by: Brez07 on 11-10-2011)
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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of SomethingClever
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

A: absolutely no head I wasn't sure it wasn't bad no carbonation

S: wow this beer just smells like straight up whiskey

T: very very low carbonation and straight up whiskey almost tastes like a mead I had once it's really not horrible

M: really a muted mouthfeel kinda like a water down whiskey

O: Don't bother really a muddled waste of time it's not a stand out anywhere just kinda whiskey flavored

SomethingClever, Oct 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

rjp217, Sep 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

cfrobrew, Aug 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

wrightst, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of Ronin
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Ronin, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Jonny41
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Jonny41, Jun 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

mportnoy, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of chippo33
1.75/5  rDev -54.7%

chippo33, May 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Bunuelian, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of poolemhore
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pitch black pour into a pint glass (wrong glassware oh well), half a finger tan head that doesn't hang on too long, very fine bubbles, minimal lacing

S - alcohol front and center, very red wine-esque, coffee and roasted scents hidden deep below

T - astringent and alcoholic up front, whiskey/bourbon middle (smoother than the first bit), butterscotch sweet finish

M - smooth and light with a slight tingle toward the end

O - this is a winter warmer for sure. Very complex. A bit unbalanced I feel as that alcohol kick is a bit too strong for my liking. Might have been better letting this one age a bit longer, but I'm not dissatisfied.

poolemhore, Feb 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Janeinma, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass, with a fine, huge brown head with good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of sweet toasted malt, lots of vanilla and toffee (actually smells a lot like a vanilla toffee candy), mild earthyness, light bourbon. Smells great. Starts out with bourbon soaked dark toasted malt, then thins out to a more bourbon influenced, vanilla, chocolate and caramel character, finishing with lingering bourbon barrel and light greassy hops. Different, but good. Medium bodied, lighter than expected from a rich stout. Starts out as a barrel aged stout experience, but then presents an interesting light body from the wheat that actually showcases the other relatively complex flavors. Not as sweet as the aroma suggests, overall well integrated, but you will know this is bourbon barrel aged. I enjoyed this quite tasty and off-beat stout (they call it a barrel aged wheat stout and that fits perfectly). Hope I can find something else from this brewery. If the body of most heavy barrel aged stouts is too much for you, it may be worth trying this out as a nice change.

LiquidAmber, Jan 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Tschnab, Jan 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

thegerm87, Jan 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

losethemittens, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Pleasure, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

mjstacker, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of Etan
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml sent by Valdieu2. Autumn 2013 bottle, /1620. Thanks! Into a flute glass.

A: Pours brownish black with a small dark cocoa-colored head.

S: Thick notes of bourbon and fudge push up, along with some dry oak and soft raisiny sweetness. This smells more robust than the 6.7% would suggest.

T: Taste brings milky coffee, mild bourbon and oak, dry dusting of cocoa, slight vinous note.

M: Medium-bodied with almost-frothy carbonation.

O: This is pretty nice. Man times lighter-strength stouts get washed out by the barrels, but Rising Tide managed to keep things pretty balanced here.

Etan, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Benesi88, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

JGLittle, Dec 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

hockeypuck, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jgammoniv, Nov 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

discharmingly, Nov 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

smutty33, Nov 28, 2013
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Polaris from Rising Tide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.